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South Byre

Hamsterley, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 11501)

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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • “Why haven’t I stayed here before!”
    I have seen this cottage on TripAdvisor many times and I don’t think the old photos did it any justice. I cannot even begin to explain how I felt when I arrived at this cottage. I wasn’t expecting much as I usually pay more. I had just been to a fabulous cottage in Chelmorton in the Peak District. ...
    I have seen this cottage on TripAdvisor many times and I don’t think the old photos did it any justice. I cannot even begin to explain how I felt when I arrived at this cottage. I wasn’t expecting much as I usually pay more. I had just been to a fabulous cottage in Chelmorton in the Peak District. When I walked into the cottage I was speechless! You are surrounded by countryside. There is a view from every window. When you open the door through to kitchen/lounge you have a fabulous bright room with a equally wonderful view. If you like bird life you will not be disappointed. Would love to have binoculars but since I’m travelling from New Zealand can’t bring everything. I was contacted by text on my mobile re combination number for key safe. It’s by the patio doors. Entry is through front blue door. I used my gps and postcode provided to locate the property as easier when travelling on your own. It does not bring you to South Byre but to a farm down the same road. The blue door helped! The tennis courts where you turn down the road are easy to miss as overgrown. I was informed that there would be a welcome pack. I stay in cottages frequently in England (3 on this trip) so usually I know what to expect. There was a ridiculous amount left for me and that was beside the food in the cupboards. I didn’t use any of the food in the cupboard but I would of replaced it if I had. Maybe this is how it works. Over the top! Not expected. I have never had anything like it before. It is so handy having condiments, so appreciated. What I cannot understand is why more people don’t put their reviews on TripAdvisor as this helps others. There’s not many reviews for this cottage. The guest book at the cottage is very full, all positives and many repeats I just presume they don’t want to share with others! The horses in the field kept me amused, you knew when it was time for them to go home for dinner. I wonder if their owners realise how much pleasure they provide. The cottage was nice and warm and very clean with ofcourse lots of cleaning stuff. An excellent washing machine, place to hang washing outside. Good shower over good bath. Clean sheets and towels were provided for second week of my stay. Thick mattress topper on bed. Lounge with comfy leather sofas, decent TV. Excellent easy parking. No noisy road but easy to get to. Wifi was excellent. Tescos mobile worked in area. I didn’t shop in area as I was visiting my father in Consett everyday so shopped there. This is a cottage I will be using again. Thank you for the cake!
    - lazybauckland, October 2017
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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

The property

A converted barn in a lovely quiet location on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Hamsterley, five miles from the popular town of Bishop Auckland in County Durham.

Surrounded by rolling countryside and with rural views, this Hamsterley cottage provides a wonderful setting for a family get-together, holidays with friends, golfing holidays or to be used as a touring base for a quiet, relaxing break.

This Hamsterley cottage has been thoughtfully designed and decorated to offer comfortable, spacious accommodation with two bedrooms and a delightful sitting area with countryside views.

Outside, the cottage has an elevated patio and a lawned area, ideal for an evening drink after a busy day exploring County Durham.

Visit one of the many local attractions including Barnard Castle, High Force and Durham Cathedral.

Bishop Auckland with its own splendid prince bishop castle has fifteen golf courses within fifteen miles.

South Byre is also perfect for families wanting to visit Kynren, where there is an open air spectacular from July to September.

Only a few minutes’ drive away from Bishop Auckland, guests will find themselves at this magical event taking place over 12 acres of beautiful County Durham.

A little further afield are the delights of the Lake District or the Northumberland Heritage Coastline, or you can simply enjoy countryside walks from the doorstep.

This delightful Hamsterley cottage is perfect for a relaxing Northumberland break.


All ground floor: Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x family room with 1 double and 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.


  • Electric underfloor central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi, DVD
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc.in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Patio to side with garden furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops and supermarkets 4 miles, pub 1 mile.

About the location


Barnard Castle 8 miles.

The village of Hamsterley sits on the brow of a hill between Teesdale and Weardale, on the edge of the North Pennines. Boasting an old village pub, where basic provisions can be purchased, the village is just two miles from Hamsterley Forest, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which covers 2000 hectares of mixed woodland and has an abundance of wildlife. The Forest Visitor Centre, complete with tea rooms, provides visitors with a wealth of information on the many activities available in the forest, including splendid walking, cycling and horse riding trails to suit all levels of expertise. Cycling enthusiasts will be well catered for with the Hamsterley Forest mountain bike downhill trail which has some of the steepest slopes in the UK, together with miles of cross country routes. The forest runs alongside the Bedburn Beck for four miles, providing access to grassy picnic sites and a play area for children, and also stages a wide range of events and activities every summer, from wildlife watches to theatre performances, and the Dark Skies Events are coming to the forest, with introductions to astronomy from trained instructors. With Raby Castle nearby and the delightful market town of Barnard Castle, with its medieval castle ruins and delightful cobbled streets, just 8 miles away, this is an ideal holiday location. The ancient cathedral city of Durham is also close by and is host to a number of events throughout the year so it is well worth checking what you can see while you are in the area.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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